1940s era Butterscotch color handled Bakelite Manicure 6 piece set
Used but in great condition.
Includes a thick heavy duty carrying case that is also in wonderful condition.
About the size of a packet of tissues, but square in shape.
Great gift for that vintage loving friend or family member!
Antique silver plate horse hair brush.
Scene depicts woman surrounded by roses holding basket.
Use Ebay's zoom feature to see details
Victor Silver (company)
Patent May 14th 1907
5 1/2" inches by 1 1/2 "
Message me with any questions.
Just a stunning piece, pictures do not do it justice.
Total Length of necklace is 9"
Pendant is 1" & 1/4 high and a tad over 1" wide.
Costume vintage necklace from the 50's in very good used condition.
ON SALE! Was $165
This Stunning vase has been in my family for years, I can trace it back to 1920 as a gift given to an Aunt. The vase is a very unusual blue, almost deep slate blue but yet with tones of violet depending on the light.
There is a narrow black bead of glass that rises above the ridg...
White crystal rhinestones
12 stones in varying sizes
Silver toned metal
Sparkling crystals in a very simply and elegant floral design as if it were a bouquet of flowers.
Height - 2 & 1/4" high
Width - 1" at it widest point
Good but worn condition
At least 50 years old.
Set of Victorian era porcelain trinket boxes.
Hand painted violets adorn these boxes. The patterns are NOT identical, demonstrating the hand work.
The boxes also have a raised border with tiny dots that gives these a wonderful texture and feel.
No makers mark, but these came from Germany as they ...
This is a well worn magazine tear out (has perforated edges) of the story from Brothers Grimm about King Grisly-Beard.
Pictures are by Maurice Sendak.
8 pages total.
roughly 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" in size
Some fading and creasing and water marks but still a great collectors item.
More images via my E...
1940s "Sunshine" Cracker Brand recipe book with colorful graphic ads.
I have searched and not found another copy of this edition. It's the 3rd in a series.
Other then a little yellow patina from age, this book really is in almost perfect condition. No stains, creases or rips.
This listing is for two photographic postcards from the 1933 Worlds Fair in Chicago from a series.
- Serial number 226..... is of the Hall of Science and Electrical Group from the Skyride (aerial view)
- Serial number 218.... is the birds eye view of the entire exposition including a Zeppelin. (ae...
This listing is for two color postcards from the Chicago World Fair in 1933.
These are two in a series
#9 is the Federal Building
#12 is the Chrysler Motors complex
Back of unused cards are descriptions of each image and these marks. Use zoom feature to see details.
Max Rigot Selling co., Chica...
Set of 4 Postcards from the 1940's from A. Maizner 230 Fifth Ave New York N.Y.
Actual Photograph (RPPC)
Numbers and Locations in Series
#1 - Empire State Building
#16 - Times Square
#26 - View FROM the Empire State Building
#62 - Rockefeller Center
No rips or damage other the...
Players Navy Cut Cigarette Tin.
Very worn but very cool! Still has a bit of the paper seal left on it.
Great vintage storage tin!!!
About 5 1/4" wide and 3" deep by 1" tall
Message me with any questions.
Buy on Ebay .... http://www.ebay.com/itm/152137624628
Single serving set of Bakelite Flatware. Fork, Spoon, Butter Knife
Worn but good condition.
Handles are butterscotch color.
Message me with any questions.
Buy this on Ebay... http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/152137660123?
Very pretty multi colored - crystal gem - pin wheel style vintage pin.
Pastel colors of green, blue, lavender, yellow and pink.
5 Faux Pearls and more colored gems adorn the center.
"C" Clasp style closure
Gold tone metal
Great condition for a vintage piece.
Almost 2" big in all directions
This is an antique German Made, Musical, wind up alarm clock with a black wooden case and a painted floral design.
- The clock mechanism is missing.
- The Music box mechanism is stuck
This piece, in this style and era, when in perfect working order, can sell for hundreds of dollars. So for anyone...
Purchase this purse from my Ebay Shop, Lora's Emporium.... http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/151994730025?
This vintage purse is adorned with very bright tiny glass beads in colors of vibrant pink, soft lavender, light green, ecru, tan, and black.
The metal frame is silver in color. The metal chai...
Set of two... Walt Disney Production, 1940's luster wear ceramic cereal bowls.
Purchase from my EBay Shop here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/151993582680?
Typical wear and tear for it's age, but still in great shape. One bowls image of the Disney gang is a little more worn the the other...
Buy here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/151577089863?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
This set of vintage earrings measures aprox 1/2" in diameter.
7 Swarovski Crystals set in silver metal
Good worn condition
Approximately 50 years old
Buy here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/151724826142?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
Vintage brooch with "C" Clasp
Three of the tiny emerald green crystals are missing, but barely noticeable.
No Makers Mark
Almost a perfect 1"square
From the Estate of a relative
Good worn conditi...
Vintage glass medicine cup with original box.
No chips or cracks.
Great collectible item!
Box is missing the lid.
3" tall and 1 & 1/2" wide at the bottom
From the Glasco company.
This is a set of compacts from Coty with the classic powder puff design.
They are fairly worn and still have a little bit of powder.
Each has a mirror, both are in great shape.
The smaller of the two is about 1 & 1/2 " in width and the larger one is close to 2".
Great to convert into a pill cadd...
Hi Lora ... just wanted to let you know that the links that you include in your messages are not live. I have to copy and past them instead of just clicking on them. Will post to classifieds later in the day. Thanks for including me on the new site. Joan from JohnsAttic
Did you know that the Merry Widow Hat was inspired by a play?
Full article from Edwardian Promenade
The Edwardian era was home to many fads and fashions which hearkened to bygone days, and the Merry Widow hat craze was no exception. The hat was just another part of the costume designed by Lucile for statuesque English theater star Lily Elsie, who was to play the main character, Hanna Glawari, in the 1907 English adaptation of Franz Lehár’s operetta, Die lustige Witwe. The play was an immediate sensation, and its wonderful, frothy signature tune, the Merry Widow Waltz, became the craze of the Season. However, it was the hat worn by Elsie, that black, wide-brimmed, hat covered with filmy chiffon and festooned with piles of feathers, became the look for fashionable women over the next three years.
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Beer history article from Blog Nectar of the Gods ... posts about the Finnish culture including stories of Magical Madiens
snipped: Enlisting the help of Kalevatar, the magical maiden, they conjure creatures to fetch ingredients to ferment the beer. The first is a snow-white squirrel which is sent into the forests of the mountains to retrieve cones from a fir tree. Sadly, when they “Laid them in the beer for ferment, But it brought no effervescence, And the beer was cold and lifeless.”
Informative article about the ingrediants in Ancient Beer from the Smithsonian.
Snippet of article
The ancients were liable to spike their drinks with all sorts of unpredictable stuff—olive oil, bog myrtle, cheese, meadowsweet, mugwort, carrot, not to mention hallucinogens like hemp and poppy. But Calagione and McGovern based their Egyptian selections on the archaeologist’s work with the tomb of the Pharaoh Scorpion I, where a curious combination of savory, thyme and coriander showed up in the residues of libations interred with the monarch in 3150 B.C. (They decided the za’atar spice medley, which frequently includes all those herbs, plus oregano and several others, was a current-day substitute.) Other guidelines came from the even more ancient Wadi Kubbaniya, an 18,000-year-old site in Upper Egypt where starch-dusted stones, probably used for grinding sorghum or bulrush, were found with the remains of doum-palm fruit and chamomile. It’s difficult to confirm, but “it’s very likely they were making beer there,”
Beer has been around for ages and the history surrounding it, is chock full of interesting facts!
Feel free to add any info related to Beer!
Snipped from BeerHistory.com
Historians speculate that prehistoric nomads may have made beer from grain & water before learning to make bread.
Beer became ingrained in the culture of civilizations with no significant viticulture.
Noah's provisions included beer on the Ark.
4300 BC, Babylonian clay tablets detail recipes for beer.
Beer was a vital part of civilization and the Babylonian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Hebrew, Chinese, and Inca cultures.
Babylonians produced beer in large quantities with around 20 varieties.
Beer at this time was so valued that it was sometimes used to pay workers as part of their daily wages.
Early cultures often drank beer through straws to avoid grain hulls left in the beverage.
Egyptians brewed beer commercially for use by royalty served in gold goblets, medical purposes, and as a necessity to be included in burial provisions for the journey to the hereafter.
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Classic Old Fashioned Fruit Cake
1-1/2 cups raisins1-1/4 cups dried currants4 ounces pitted dates, chopped1/2 cup halved red maraschino cherries, drained1/2 cup chopped citron1 cup chopped walnuts1 cup chopped pecans2-1/2 cups sifted flour1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/4 teaspoon ground cloves5/8 cup butter or margarine1 cup sugar1 tablespoon light corn syrup1/2 cup red currant jelly3 eggs1/2 cup orange juice
Syrup:1 tablespoon light corn syrup1/8 cup sugar1/8 cup water2 teaspoons lemon juice
Combine raisins, currants, dates, cherries, citron, walnuts and pecans in 3-quart or larger mixing bowl. Set aside.
Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Set aside.
Cream together butter (or margarine) and 1 cup sugar in mixing bowl until light and fluffy, using electric mixer at medium speed. Beat in 1 tablespoon light corn syrup and currant jelly. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add dry ingredients alternately with orange juice to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition, using electric mixer at low speed. Pour batter over fruit/nut mixture and mix well with wooden spoon. Spread batter in a greased 10-inch tube pan.
Bake at 275 degrees F. for 2 hours or until cake tester or wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 (ten) minutes. Remove from pan.
Combine 1 tablespoon light corn syrup, 1/8 cup sugar, water and lemon juice in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat; cool 5 minutes. Brush syrup over warm fruitcake. Cool completely.
To store: Wrap cooled fruitcake in aluminum foil and store in cool dry place for 1 to 2 months.
Sour Cream Fudge
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
1 1/4 cups butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Combine sugar and sour cream. Stir while heating over a low temperature until the sugar is dissolved. Add butter and continue stirring until it is melted. Quit stirring and bring to a slow boil. Continue boiling until candy reaches the soft ball stage (235-240 degrees F.). Could take an hour or more to reach this stage. Remove from heat, beating it while it cools. Add vanilla and nuts. Pour into greased pan.
Sour Cream Fudge has a rich, buttery flavor.
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Old Fashioned Butter Scotch
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 tablespoons butter
Stir to combine all ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil using a medium heat. Once the sugar has melted, quit stirring. Reduce heat to a level where the mixture steadily boils. Boil until it becomes brittle when a little is dropped in cold water. Pour into a buttered dish (I used a 7” X 7” dish). When the candy is partially cooled (semi-solid) score with a knife. After the candy is completely cooled remove from dish and break into pieces.
Guess I should start!!!! :)
I am born and raised Philly girl. Had many jobs over the years. I started selling vintage around 2008 when I was given the task of closing up the home of a relative who had just turned 100. It took me 1 & 1/2 years to go through her home and give things to family, friends and neighbors. Then there were a few auction houses and finally a few truck loads of trash removal.
I was selling what I saved from the house on Etsy. At one point, Etsy was asking vintage sellers to leave the venue. Long story. Obviously that never happened, but only via tons of protest.
When we all thought we would have to leave, I decided to start a social group for folks who were into vintage, both buyers and sellers. At that time, there really wasn't any major social media marketing. People were just starting to realize what you had to do to get your items seen with so many people entering the market place.
We went from about 60 Etsy members and grew to almost 4k members with people from around the globe joining us either to buy or sell or just explore the world of vintage. We quickly saw that by listing items for sale via our village, we were increasing our views and sales.
In 2015, the company we used to create our community got sold and we thought we would lose everything because there was no promise of saving the community. Long story short, I had to go out on my own and create my OWN website. With a ton of help from many people, we are starting over, trying to get our name out there again.
I LOVE vintage. I LOVE community. This website combinds both my passions. My hope is to connect people who love vintage... in as many ways as I can. This site is about us all working as one to promote vintage.
Lets hear your stories about how you got into vintage and tell us anything else you like about yourself!
Use this thread to introduce yourself and tell folks a little about your interest in AVC (antiques, vintage & collectibles)
You can add a link to your shop(s) but no promoting of items, we just want to get to know you as a member of our community. Have fun!!!
Love that image of Bloomers Barb
Some info on the history... Wikipedia
Fashion bloomers (skirted)
Also called the "Turkish dress", "American dress", or simply "reform dress", bloomers were an innovation of readers of the Water-Cure Journal, a popular health periodical that in October 1849 began urging women to develop a style of dress that was not so harmful to their health as the current fashion. It also represented an unrestricted movement, unprecedented by previous women's fashions, that allowed for greater freedom—both metaphorical and physical—within the public sphere. The fashionable dress of that time consisted of a skirt that dragged several inches on the floor, worn over layers of starched petticoats stiffened with straw or horsehair sewn into the hems. In addition to the heavy skirts, prevailing fashion called for a "long waist" effect, achieved with a whale-bone-fitted corset that pushed the wearer's internal organs out of their normal place. The result was a feminine population which, as one medical professor warned his students, was of no use as cadavers from which to study human anatomy.
Women responded with a variety of costumes, many inspired by the pantaloons of Turkey, and all including some form of pants. By the summer of 1850, various versions of a short skirt and trousers, or "Turkish dress", were being worn by readers of the Water-Cure Journal as well as women patients at the nation's health resorts. After wearing the style in private, some began wearing it in public. In the winter and spring of 1851, newspapers across the country carried startled sightings of the dresses.
Bloomer craze of 1851
In a reversal of genders, a "bloomer" asks her fiancé's shocked father for consent to marry his son: satirical cartoon from 1852
In February 1851, Elizabeth Smith Miller of Peterboro, New York wore the "Turkish dress" to Seneca Falls, New York, home of Amelia Bloomer and her temperance journal, The Lily. The next month Bloomer announced to her readers that she had adopted the dress and, in response to many inquiries, printed a description of her dress and instructions on how to make it. By June many newspapers had dubbed it the "Bloomer dress".
Snipped from Bavarian Times
German trains are synonymous with clockwork efficiency, but it wasn’t always that way. The Deutsche Bahn Museum, here, takes visitors through 200 years of history that produced the bustling, reliable system travelers enjoy today.
The bahn was born when a steam train made a six-kilometer run from Nuremberg to the neighboring town of Fuerth in December 1835
“The Flying Dutchman,” a Horse Power Locomotive, 1830. The horse walked on a treadmill! They were not kidding when they said horse powered.
The “Tom Thumb,” the first steam locomotive in America, reconstruction, built by Peter Cooper. Its first successful trip was made in 1830, from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills, Maryland.
“The Dewitt Clinton,” the early locomotive and coaches that initiated the New York Central System, 1831.
Source for all three images Into the Marchand Archives
There is such a rich history on the topic of trains. Feel free to post images and bits of triva or history on anything related to trains.
Waiting at the Lyon train station, Paris, 1937. Photo by Boris Lipnitzki.
Snipped: Read Full Story TrainHistory.net
History of the modern trains spans the range of last two hundred years of modern human civilization, who in that time used this incredible discovery to drastically change industry, human expansion, and the way we travel on daily basis. From the first time steam train rolled over the railways of industrial England in early 1800s to the modern times when bullet trains carry thousands of passengers with incredible speeds and freight train carry substantial amount of worlds goods, trains enabled us to develop our civilization with unexpected consequences that nobody expected. Distant lands become almost instantly reachable (3000 miles journey from New York to California was cut down from one or two months to few days!), industrial manufacture could be powered with infinite amount of raw materials and outgoing transport of finished goods, and sudden fast travel (far before first airplanes were discovered) caused the need of implementing standardized time zones across entire world.
Even though this article is from a handmade site, the SEO advice is the same when it comes to titles on your listings. You have to use words people will search for. No one will search for a "pretty" dress for example. They will search for an era or style or size or color. Post one that says for example... 1970's Pink Floral Mini Dress
Can Search Engines Find Your Item Title?
You have a lot of time, planning, patience and creativity in that wonderful piece. First, you created it to perfection.
Then you took a myriad of pictures of it to capture it at just the right angle in just the right light to make it look its best to prospective buyers. Now it’s time to list it. So you write a wonderful title for this newest creation. The question is, can search engines find it?
One would think the title would be easy… it is what it is, right? A title is nothing more than a short, concise description of the piece. But people are so different and the way you would describe a piece in your title may have nothing at all to do with the way someone else would describe it. It all comes down to what people are searching for.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is crucial in your title. What the heck is this? Simply put, SEO is the language search engines (like Google) use to come up with that list you get when you search for something on the internet. You might think you need to become an expert in this technical area, but it is really only important to always remember that it is there.
Nice little site called toaster.org
What is my toaster worth?
Our main purpose here at the Toaster Museum Foundation is to provide historical information and we are not certified nor licensed appraisers. Prices for all antiques and collectibles fluctuate greatly, and the most accurate statement you can make about the value of some old thing is that it is worth exactly what someone is willing to pay.
Because most toasters were produced in the tens - if not hundreds - of thousands, they are not incredibly valuable (which is why we were able to get into collecting them); but their value will increase as they grow older and as more people become interested in collecting them. There are a number of models that are fetching high prices, especially ones that have ceramic bases or are made entirely (well, not the mechanics) of porcelain.
Of course, the condition of the toaster contributes to its value. An unused model with its original cord, in its original box, would have the most worth to a collector.
Ah the humble piece of toast! Such a simple thing, yet the gadgets we create to turn that soft slice of bread into toasty goodness can be out of this world!
Here are some extrodinary toasters! Share images and info to our thread if you like.
About 6,000 years ago, ancient Egyptians developed breads as we know them today. They discovered that if they let their bread dough sit out in Egypt's nice, warm climate, it would puff up, and if they baked this dough in an enclosed oven it would retain its fluffiness. This seemingly magical process was not fully understood until the 17th Century when the microscope revealed the yeast cells that cause leavening.
The process of scorching bread to preserve it spread through many cultures. The word toast comes from the Latin Torrere, Tostum - to scorch or burn. The Romans, in their conquests, took their love of toasted bread with them and spread the custom farther, even up into Britain. Later, English colonists brought the tradition to the Americas.
Toasting bread does more than just preserve it, of course, it changes its nature; bread becomes sweeter, crunchier and the perfect surface on which to spread all sorts of things.
Full Article here from the Cyber Toast Museum
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If you would like to know the process for creating a Classified Ad, we ask that you join Shop Keepers Corner where you will find detailed instructions. The process is very easy and most people can list an item without any instructions at all, but if you get hung up on any step, we are here to help you!!!
This post was edited by Lora - CEO at August 10, 2016 2:56 PM EDT
Great article about collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia posters and advertizing!
Plus here is a great image of a collection of various items
This post was edited by Lora - CEO at August 1, 2016 5:22 PM EDT
Here is another great resource for ANTIQUE Cola bottles from Collectors Weekly
... the first man to bottle Coca-Cola did so without the permission of the company—in 1894, Joseph Biedenharn began to bottle Coke so customers could take the carbonated drink to picnics and other spots outside of the soda fountain. His idea spread, and by the beginning of the 20th century, two lawyers named Benjamin Thomas and Joseph Whitehead had obtained exclusive bottling rights from Candler.
Check out this page from Coca-Cola about collecting bottles!
I probably receive more questions about bottles than any other single item, simply because they are what most people find. Often someone will dig up a contour or "hobble skirt" bottle from the 1920s and immediately assume they've struck gold.
They're often disappointed to learn that even the earliest of the contour bottles are not terribly valuable because the bottles were produced in the millions. The standardized contour bottle was patented in late 1915 and became more prevalent as bottlers phased out the straight-sided bottles that preceded the famous design. Petretti's Coca-Cola Collectibles Price Guide (11th Edition) lists a 1916 embossed contour bottle that sells for just $6 to $15. To a novice collector, it's almost a case of reverse sticker shock. It's a classic case of supply and demand. Because the embossed contour bottles were mass produced, exceptionally durable and available for more than 40 years, they generally have modest values as collectibles. To the naked eye, these bottles will look pretty much the same. The only differences from 1915 to present day for embossed bottles are changes in the trademark registration notice and patent notice on the bottles.
full story here
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Two more sources....
This is why folks who love to treasure hunt... do it!!! That little white bowl you just bought for $3 could be worth a small fortune.
Yard Sale Bowl Purchased For $3 Fetches Millions At Auction
By Rebecca Endicott
If you ask me, there’s no better way to wile away an afternoon than by skimming through the stuff ‘n’ things at a local yard sale.
It’s not just about the bargains to be found, it’s about the thrill of discovery, and about the potential to find a true diamond in the rough.
While we all know that the chances of finding an overlooked Picasso or ancient artifacts on your neighbor’s lawn are low, we can’t help but hope!
Check out the full story here
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By Greta Weber
PUBLISHED June 24, 2016
When Allen Ginsberg gave his first public reading of his poem Howl in San Francisco in 1955, the American literary scene was undergoing a radical shift. More than ever before, writers were evocatively exploring topics like sex, drugs, and spirituality. And they were doing it with the help of an unassuming piece of technology.
Because experimental poets like Ginsberg couldn’t get published by most of the big-name literary magazines or presses, they had to find alternate means of reaching an audience. That’s where the mimeograph came in. The low-cost precursor to the modern Xerox sparked an explosion of underground, do-it-yourself magazines and poetry books. It was essential to a generation of artists.
Read Full article HERE
I love seeing creepy old images for some bizarre reason.
Share some of your favorites with captions if you have them... :)
why yes.... we have waffles... do you like waffles ....
how many can I get you.... a dozen you say ....
let me make them right now ...
right after I have more coffee... do you like coffee....
I'll make you some right now.
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It wasn't until I began selling vintage that I even knew what these were. Then I came across one as part of a set when closing out a relatives house and felt really clever that I knew what it was for!
Saving hair, that's what life was like back in the day. You saved everything because you never knew if it could be used for something in the future.
They can be beautifully ornate and look like a piece of art or have a plain and simple design .... here are some great images....
Here is the definition:
A hair receiver is a small pot, with a hole in the lid, kept on the dressing table in the Victorian era to store hair removed from brushes and combs. The hair was recycled in a number of ways—notably for stuffing small bags, called ratts, used to bulk out women's hairstyles.
Human hair was also used for stuffing pincushions and small furnishing cushions.
It was often paired with a matching trinket box or a powder jar or as part of a dressing table set, made mainly from porcelain, though glass, metal, and celluloid were also used.
I love this tub!
With daily bathing becoming more accepted by the 1880s, many attempted to develop innovative ways to heat bath water and to incorporate the portable bathtub within a room setting. The Mosely Folding Bath Company advertised a folding bath in the 1895 Montgomery Ward Catalog. This tub, disguised as a mirrored wardrobe, folded down and out of its wood casing into the room, revealing the heater above.
This was similar to Bruschke & Ricke’s combined sofa and bathtub of the same period. The sofa’s bolster concealed a water tank and heater, while the seat unfolded to reveal a bathtub. Often, large rubber aprons protected the wood or carpeted floor. Accounts of igniting sofas and burned bathers dampened the product’s appeal. Since neither bathtub attached to plumbing nor pipes, used bath water drained into a basin and then required emptying.
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Just for fun... did Taft REALLY get stuck in the White House tub???
Snipped from the History Channels website
Topping the scales at over 350 pounds, William Howard Taft was a true political heavyweight. Although “Big Bill” was the only man to serve as both U.S. president and Supreme Court chief justice, what most remember about Taft is that he supposedly became stuck in the White House bathtub. The story, however, apparently doesn’t hold water. No documentary evidence backs it up, and according to Brady Carlson, author of the book “Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders,” the story didn’t arise until two decades after Taft left the presidency. Carlson says the sudsy tale first surfaced along with other presidential dirt in longtime White House usher Ike Hoover’s 1934 memoir, “42 Years in the White House.”
This article is not about Claw Footed Tubs, but Portable Tubs over the centuries. I thought was a fun article to share about tubs in general
**Snipped from an article on the Smithsonian Museum website. check out the page for more interesting tubs...
Portable Bathtubs: Tub Bathing from the Early 19th and 20th Centuries
Bathing, from the early 19th to the early 20th centuries, required stamina and fortitude. Without indoor plumbing, bathing involved filling small portable tubs with water, bucket by bucket. This, as well as different attitudes about cleanliness, meant that few people fully immersed themselves in water.
Really great article from Old House Journal
snipped from article: Before indoor plumbing, bathtubs—like chamber pots and washbowls—were moveable accessories: large but relatively light containers that bathers pulled out of storage for temporary use. The typical mid-19th-century bathtub was a product of the tinsmith's craft, a shell of sheet copper or zinc. In progressive houses equipped with early water-heating devices, a large bathtub might be site-made of sheet lead and anchored in a coffin-like wooden box. Later, there were ingenious (though ultimately impractical) hideaway alternatives, like the portable canvas tub (similar to a pot-bellied cot), or the Mosby folding tub—an armoire-like contraption with a hinged door that pulled down like a Murphy bed to reveal a bathing saucer. However, for decades, the bathtub most Americans knew best was the one available in a 1909 hardware catalog: a tinware plunge bath with wood-covered bottom painted in Japan green (a type of pre-1940 enamel paint).
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Not too many people have claw footed tubs these days but they can be a real thing of beauty. Here is some history courtesy of Vintage Tub and Bath.
image from pinterest
**snippet of article from vintage tub and bath. go to the website for the rest of the article
Tub A Brief History of Bathing in General and the Clawfoot Bathtub
The earliest plumbing systems ever discovered date back nearly 6000 years to the Indus River Valley in India where copper water pipes were excavated from the ruins of a palace. Fast forward 3000 years to the island of Crete where the ancestor of a pedestal tub was unearthed – five feet long, made of hard pottery, its shape resembling the 19th century clawfoot tub.
The Roman Empire from 500 BC through AD 455 championed the daily ritual of bathing and raised the bar for acceptable sanitation. They used lead and bronze pipes, marble fixtures, and created a comprehensive sewerage system. During this period, public baths were most common, and private baths resembled indoor pools usually encompassing an entire room.
After the collapse of the Roman Empire and descent into the Dark Ages, sanitation virtually disappeared. Bathing was replaced by the use of perfume. Waste was thrown out into streets or emptied directly into rivers that also served as the drinking water supply. In fact, the slang term for toilet, loo, is reported to have derived from the practice of the French yelling out the warning, “Gardez l'eau!” (pronounced gardy loo – meaning “mind the water”), before emptying the chamber pot from an upper level onto the street below.
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Another great piece from Antique Trader on Transistor Radio Collections.
image from antique trader/ micheal jack
snipped: The most collectible and historic vintage transistor radios were made in America from 1955 to 1960 and Japan from 1956 to 1963. An easy way to date a transistor radio of this period is to look for small triangles or circles between the 6 and 7 and the 12 and 16 on the dial. These are Civil Defense (CD) marks, which appeared on all radios manufactured or sold in the United States from 1953 to 1963.
Did you have a transistor radio growing up? Here is a little bit of info about these beautifully designed vintage radios, compliments of Collectors Weekly
image from Pinterest
The transistor was invented in 1947 at Bell Labs in New Jersey. In 1954, Texas Instruments of Dallas teamed up with Regency Electronics (its original name was Industrial Development Engineering Associates, or I.D.E.A.) of Indianapolis to manufacture the first pocket-size transistor radio. Generally, the most collectible transistor radios are those made in Japan from 1956 to 1963 and in America from 1955 to 1960, but by the early '60s, many American companies had opted to have their radios made in Japan.
read full story here
Did you know that you could post on other Fan Pages as YOUR Fan Page? It's simple, look for the little drop down icon where you want to post. When it opens, you can decide if you want to post as the real you or as your Fan Page. When visitors come to TVV Fan Page for example, everyone who is viewing posts there can now click through to YOUR page after seeing your comment. So our fans can become your fans!!!
Share this Tip on your Social Media accounts and help spread the love... :)
Three ways to make better Pins
Pins are a little like people you'd meet at a party. The most engaging ones tell a great story, make people laugh or add to the conversation.
It’s the same with Pins: the most popular ones have a winning combination of style and substance. Pinterest is a visual platform, so of course you want your Pins to look great—but you also want to pay attention to the details that draw people in, like compelling descriptions, relevant links and useful Rich Pin details.
Keep in mind this is a public discussion and is indexed (found) via search engines. If you would like to talk about this privately among your fellow sellers, feel free to begin a discussion in our Shop Keepers Corner group
How do you feel about Etsy offering sellers their own web site through a new program called Pattern?
I can tell you from my perspective, this is a good thing ... but it also means YOU have to figure out how to promote it.
If only there was some place that promoted vintage
... no matter where you sell from... hmmmm
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How do you feel about this topic?
Read the full article here:
Revisiting Speculation about an eBay AcquisitionBy: Ina Steiner
When eBay announced in 2014 that it was breaking up the company, analysts wondered if it would sell the marketplaces business - perhaps to Alibaba. It's an interesting time to revisit the topic now that the split with PayPal is complete (as of last July) and things have settled down.
When you sell something on-line... the goal is to get your items into search engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing and so on.
In order for that to happen, serach engines scan the web for words that match what people are searching for via their engine.
If a buyer is looking for a pearl necklace, the search engines scan the web for words that match that. Well.... there are gazillions of results. So search engines have to filter or narrow down what are the best matches. There are many things that factor into this.
One of the biggest factors is how recent the match to pearl necklace is.
If someone adds a listing for a pearl necklace, and 6 months go by, that listing is now PAGES and pages deep on a search engine. People tend to go for the top results.
So when you add your item here from what ever venue you sell from, you are now increasing the odd of your item ending up as a result.
Our village concentrates only on AVC items so if someone types in vintage pearl necklace, the more items we add here as a group, the closer you get to the top of the results in search engines.
We socially network to help get you indexed... :)
It's really 100 times more complex then that, but the bottom line is that by being on a social network, you increase your odds of having your items found. The more folks that join and list, the more the entire site gets indexed and that is good for everyone... :)
Welcome to our village!
What kinds of silver metals are there out there? It can be difficult to figure out what is made from nickel, or copper alloy and even Alpaca for the amatuer collector.
Here is just one article about the topic, feel free to add more informative links to this discussion.
What are Nickel Silver, German Silver and Alpaca? Don't Be Fooled by These Silver-colored Metals
By Pamela WigginsAntiques Expert
So you find a piece of jewelry or an old metal object for a good price that looks a lot like silver. Being an astute picker, you look for clues to identify the piece and discover that it’s marked nickel silver, German silver or alpaca. But does that mean your item is really some form of silver? Unfortunately, no.
What is Nickel Silver and German Silver?
The terms “nickel silver” and “German silver” refer to the same substance, but items made of this metal aren’t really silver at all.
Full article here
One of the many many reasons you need to promote yourself off Etsy!!!!! This is why I created the village, so that we had exposure beyond our collective venues. Not only do we connect vintage but we do it on all the important social outlets and each time you add items here, it's getting indexed. Although this is about Etsy, it's really about getting your vintage items found on the web.
Snippet of Article ...
It's New Year's Day for me here today so this is the perfect post to bring in the new and mega-awesome amazeballs that is 2016. Everyone I talk to is pumped for the new year, but if selling handmade is part of that pumped up-ness (as it is for me) you need to have a plan so it's more than just inner fizz. I'm making my new year's resolutions and 'personal 2016 battle plan' tonight. In the meantime... read this. It is a hard road and you might get overwhelmed, so I have presented with LOLs as sugar for the medicine.
Recently there’s been a bit of a furore in the Etsy forums - in case you’re unaware, many sellers are of the opinion Etsy ‘changed something’ in the last few months that’s put in place a death knell on their shops views (and consequently sales). There are many who say they haven’t felt an effect, but there are many many more who say they have. Of course it’s more likely for people to post and complain about it affecting them - not many people are going to make a point of coming to the forums just to say they’re doing fine. However, a lot of the shops reporting massive do
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This is such a fun area of vintage to explore... vintage train ephemera!
I live in Philly and we have this monster in one of our Museums. I would love to find some vintage ephemera for this!
This is a vintage image of them building a temporary train track to get it inside the building!
Here is one type of Embroidery: Crewel
Crewel is a type of decortive surface embroidery featuring stylized shapes inspired by nature, including plants, animals, trees and sometimes people. The designs are arranged in a fanciful, flowing or repeating patterns.
Usually worked in single or two ply crewel wool or other wool embroidery threads on a heavy linen or twill ground, this type of embroidery is worked in a variety of surface embroidery and filling stitches, but is also commonly found worked solely in chain stitch, as shown in the example in the photo.
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We can add links to pottery mark sites as we find them... :) Here is an image of Derby Marks
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The production of Derby porcelain dates from the first half of the 18th century, although the authorship and the exact start of the production remains today as a matter of conjecture. The oldest remaining pieces in the late 19th century bore only the words «Darby» and «Darbishire» and the years 1751-2-3 as proof of place and year of manufacture. More important is the fact that the production of porcelain in Derby predates the commencement of the works of William Duesbury, started in 1756 when he joined Andrew Planche and John Heath to create the Nottingham Road factory, which later became the Royal Crown Derby.
Snipped from Collectors Weekly....
In the late 1800s, detachable orbs known as coach covers were used to disguise diamond drop earrings during the daytime or while traveling. (The Hairpin, via Skinner Auctions)
McLaughlin: I’d never heard of coach covers until I came across a set in an auction catalog last fall and was totally delighted. They’re little hollow, hinged balls—I’ve since seen them enameled in black and also in gold with a textured finish—that snap over the drops in drop earrings. They were used during the late 1800s as camouflage: They hid one’s diamonds during the day, and could be removed for evening soirees. I’m in awe that any of them have survived, and I also know that I will never buy a pair, because I would immediately lose one of them.
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Don't want anyone to know what precious jewels you are displaying on your ears while you travel??? Then you need Victorian Coach Earring Cover / Orbs! What a clever idea, unless you know the secret! People were so clever and the designs are just jaw dropping.
photo credit from pinterest
snippet from the Metropolitan Musuem of Art article
With the discovery in 1869 of diamond deposits in South Africa, jewelry became "ablaze with diamonds." Earlier sources of diamonds for American jewelers had been India and Brazil, but after 1870 African mines supplied most of the demand. While etiquette proscribed against a show of dazzling stones during the daytime, at night they were worn everywhere. Beauty and practicality combine in these diamond-drop earrings with removable "coach" covers.
Another informational link from Facets of History
snippet from website
The tradition of Wedding or Bridal Bracelets is that the parents of the bride gave a set of bangle bracelets to their daughter before her wedding and the bride would wear them at her wedding and throughout life and when the time was right she give one bracelet to her daughter and the next bracelet to the next daughter in the birth order (or to the son’s wife it the second child is a son.) So the bracelets usually did not stay together.
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Lucite purses.... I always thought they were a little tacky when I was growing up but now I drool over them. The quality endures.
Here is another great article from Pamela wiggens on Values and Prices for 1950's Lucite handbags.
photo credit from pinterest
Snippet from her article
The 1950s were rife with futuristic, modern design. One type of accessory that followed this wave is the Lucite handbag. These purses are avidly sought by vintage enthusiasts, and prices have held their own in the marketplace over the past five to ten years as prime examples are getting harder to come by. A number of these bags sold during a Morphy Auctions live webcast auction in December of 2015.
Green Depression glass is one of my all time favorite vintage items. Pamela Wiggens is one of my all time favorite authors on the subject! Check out her article...
Snippet from Pam's article
Saying times were tough during the Great Depression is nothing less than an understatement. Those that didn’t lose their jobs were often forced to take pay cuts. Learning to live on little or nothing was the way of life for many families for a decade or more beginning in 1929. Today we recognize many items used in the home during the 1930s as collectibles, including
I found this on my facebook feed this morning, a two part article about the "Art" of collecting Black Dolls. There are some really amazing dolls represented here along with a lot of history on the subject. Some of the history is heart breaking and some is very uplifting.
Tiny snippet about the author from the articles on Ruby Lane Blog...
Debbie Garrett is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the art of Black doll collecting. She didn’t purchase her first Black doll for herself until her mid 30’s and today, she has authored three books focused on the subject. Garrett is a Black doll enthusiast and doll historian with a mission to document Black dolls from the past through the present simultaneously as she collects. Some of her most prized dolls came from Ruby Lane. Debbie Garrett takes us through these purchases in a special two-part guest blog, “Searching for Black Dolls on Ruby Lane”. Let’s take a virtual walk with Debbie and share her passion for these important dolls.
You can read all of Debbie’s doll blogs and find information about her popular books on her blog Black Doll Collecting.
The Art of Collecting Black Dolls Part One
The Art of Collecting Black Dolls Part Two
this Image from pinterest board
Did you know that it was common for folks to park in some very odd vertical spaces like this way back when?
Here is a great article about it with some stunning images!
The invention and rapid adoption of the automobile at the turn of the 20th century presented an immediate problem: where to park so many vehicles, especially in dense urban areas.
Above-ground and subterranean parking garages allowed multiple levels of vehicle parking, but resulted in footprints with much empty space.
The first foray into space-saving automatic parking systems was the Garage Rue de Ponthieu in Paris, which in 1905 unveiled an internal elevator which could lift cars to different levels to be parked by attendants.
Little fact about Linen Post Cards... it refers to the surface texture as if you would select a paint texture for your walls, gloss or flat etc.,
Linen postcards were printed in the United States from the 1930s until the 1950s. Contrary to their descriptive name, linen postcards were not made out of linen, which is derived from flax, but they did have a high rag content, which means the paper contained a certain amount of cotton fiber. Instead, linen actually refers to the surface texture of the postcard—prior to the early 1930s, it was not economically feasible to print anything of quality on embossed papers.
quote from collectors weekly
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Great website about Pin Up's
quote from site...
The origin of the Hollywood "sex goddess" can be traced back in many respects to the great pinups of the war years, which culminated in its ultimate visualization in the post-war (1946) film Gilda, starring none other than wartime bombshell Rita Hayworth. Gilda has been called "superlative trash," but for all its artistic shortcomings it is the film that made Rita Hayworth a superstar before the word superstar was popularized. At the time she was one of the most popular — possibly THE most popular — of the World War II pinup queens. (Even a test version of the atomic bomb was named Rita and had a picture of her emblazoned on it.) It is not surprising that Gilda was written from the beginning as a "sex goddess" exploitation film — specifically for Miss Hayworth. Shooting started on the film even before the male star had been selected! After the war, thousands of returning servicemen took their wives and girlfriends to see the film, no doubt remembering her stunning images from countless barracks walls. The success of this fantasy and of the Gilda character itself was revealed in probably the most famous quote from the film:
"Every man I've known has fallen in love with Gilda and wakened with me ... "
This post was edited by Lora - CEO at February 1, 2016 5:41 PM EST
I wasn't sure if I should add this to the military section, but really "pin-ups" were such a big part of any troops tour, that I thought the topic was okay here.
Did your Dad or husband or grandparent have pin up's in their bunk? Some even had pin up's painted on planes!
A few years ago a friend of mine discovered a ring that was very unique, only to discover it was "trench art"... a term I never heard fo till then
Made from a bullet casing....
Here is a little blurb from Collectors Weekly about it...
Strictly speaking, trench art is a phrase that describes folk art created by soldiers who were stuck in the trenches during World War I. But trench art as a more broadly defined genre includes all sorts of art objects made during numerous military conflicts going back to the early 1800s, including items produced by prisoners of war.
How to Clean Wheat Pennies
May 22, 2015
How to Clean Old Wheat Pennies
Lincoln wheat pennies are no longer made for circulation, but it is still possible to come across them in old coin jars, and they do occasionally turn up as pocket change. Made for over 50 years until 1956, many of these old wheat pennies are dirty, even those that turn up on eBay, and cleaning them using some everyday household products restores their shine. However, collectors should never clean a valuable wheat penny; cleaning coins reduces their value.
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The wheat penny is a classic iconic early 21st century American coin with a face value of 1 cent that was minted from 1909 to 1956.
On a personal note we just love searching penny rolls for wheat and indian head pennies. Wheat pennies are still readily found in circulation and because of the relative price of just $25 for a box of these coins, they are cheap and will keep the coin roll searcher on his or her toes.
If you love vintage toys, it has to include Circus toys. Whether it's individual pieces or boxed sets, these grand old pieces provided joy to many a child.
Did you have any? Tell us about it.
Collectors Weekly Italian Art Glass
When people talk about Italian art glass, they are usually referring to the vases, paperweights, goblets, and decorative objects produced in the city of Venice and the adjacent island of Murano. Indeed, Murano is the heart of Italian glassmaking, the place where, in the late 13th century, glassmakers were banished lest their furnaces catch the rest of Venice on fire.
Murano glass is glass made on the Venetian island of Murano, which has specialized in fancy glasswares for centuries. Murano’s glassmakers led Europe for centuries, developing or refining many technologies including crystalline glass, enamelled glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicolored glass (millefiori), milk glass (lattimo), and imitation gemstones made of glass. Today, the artisans of Murano are still employing these centuries-old techniques, crafting everything from contemporary art glass and glass figurines to Murano glass chandeliers and wine stoppers, as well as tourist souvenirs.
Today, Murano is home to a vast number of factories and a few individual artists' studios making all manner of glass objects from mass marketed stemware to original sculpture. The Museo del Vetro (Glass Museum) in the Palazzo Giustinian houses displays on the history of glassmaking as well as glass samples ranging from Egyptian times through the present day.
If you love Murano Glass you will love this page. Thanks to a friend who shared a link to Ferro Lazzarini's FaceBook page, you can get a small glimpse of his work.
This post was edited by Lora - CEO at January 29, 2016 5:45 PM EST
So here is just one example of how expensive it is to rent a table/booth for one weekend... Philly Flea Market Vendor application. It's $80. Not only are you are limited to one weekend but you take a chance with how many people will even attend.
For $30 for an entire YEAR, you can sell to people from all over the planet via our village. It's a no brainer.
Ummm I can confirm this tip!!!! lol :)
I had a very old pyrex baking dish shatter into a million pieces on me last year. Been cooking in it for over 30 years.
I was basting a whole chicken with stock I made from the giblets and I guess the stock had cooled off too much and the sudden temperature change was too much for it. I have never seen anything break into so many fragments.
- Any Member can post a link to their Pinterest account.
- The goal here is to follow and be followed.
- Accounts must be vintage related on some level.
- No commenting, we want this just to be a list of links... :)
This post was edited by Lora - CEO at September 16, 2015 4:49 PM EDT
- Any Member can post a link to their Twitter account.
- The goal here is to follow and be followed.
- Accounts must be vintage related on some level.
- No commenting, we want this just to be a list of links... :)
This post was edited by Lora - CEO at September 16, 2015 4:44 PM EDT
Who can use the Forums?
- Any member of the village.
How is the system set up?
- There are two Forum Sections. The Main Forum. The AVC Forum
- Each forum section has Categories
- Each file folder on the left of the forums represents a category with a title (in blue) and brief description.
- Inside each category are discussions also known as threads.
- Each thread has an opening topic (OP for short) that will begin the discussion.
- Authors can edit the OP at any time. The system will make a notation if an edit is made, showing the time and date. Responders to the OP can also edit their replies.
- The tool bar allows you to do a variety of things, adding images, picking fonts and colors and so on. Hover over each tool to see what they are. The tool icon will turn blue and name the what it is, letting you know you can pick that function.
Can I use the forums to sell items?
- NO. The forums are for sharing information. You can add images that help to identify. All selling must be done via our exclusive Diamond Club Membership, which offers a free 90 day trial period to experience our selling sections.
Are the Forums moderated?
- Yes. The names of the moderators will appear at the top of each category. Click on their names to go to their page. We rarely have a problem but note that moderators can edit and delete if need be. Threads can also be closed to new replies.
Can I search the forums?
- Yes. For a quick overview, we provide a short list of the most recent replies and a short list of the most recent topics. These are located on the Landing Page of the site for the public to see, and on the Home Page for signed in members. That is your best method for keeping up to date.
- If you need to search deeper, you can use the search bar by typing key words or phrases.
Can I follow a thread?
- Yes. At the top right of a thread is an icon that says Watch Topic. This will alert you to new replies via a no-reply message, sent to the personal email you used to join our village. You can also stop watching the topic.
Can I reply directly to another reply?
- Yes. On each reply you see, at the top right corner is an icon that says Quote. Click on that and the system will open a new reply box with the entire quote.
- You can eliminate some wording so you don't have to have the entire quote, but instead just respond to something specific a member said.This is very useful if you are replying out of order, say from something posted long ago or pages into the discussion. You don't need to use the quote function if you are the next logical reply below what you want to reply to.
- There is a natural flow to threads and the quote feature should be used only when a reply would seem out of place in the flow of things. Use your judgement to decide if it's needed.
Are the Forums Public?
- Yes. You do not have to be a member to read any of the content in our forums.
- Our Village is indexed by all of the search engines out there, which means anytime someone wants to look up information related to vintage or selling on-line for example, any words that match a searchers query can end up as a result on that search engines system.
- Many people come to our village when researching, so adding information here helps you as a seller to get your name out there on the web and helps bring traffic to our site as a whole.
Is there a private forum?
- We do not provide a private section in the forums.
- We do have a private group called Shop Keepers Corner that is open to any seller (they do not have to be a Diamond Club Member). It is not indexed by any search engine. We use this group to discuss topics related to selling and use of the village as a promotional tool.
*** Please note that any words you see that are Light Blue in color, are live links that you can click on.
This post was edited by Lora - CEO at August 24, 2015 11:44 PM EDT
How do I friend another member here?
To become friends with other members, start with the Member page.
To the right of each members name, you can see who is already your friend and who isn't. Click Add Friend to request their friendship.
On the very right of the same page, you will see a list of the newest members. Once you are on their profile page, you will also see a friend request button under their avatar.
How do I know if I have a request?
Go to your Updates tab at the very top of any page, open it. Click on View All at the bottom of that box. On the right of that page you can view all of your friend requests and accept or decline.
How do I message them?
Once you have become friends, the system will now allow you to send them a message via our internal email system. You can do this two different ways.
1. Go to your Message tab and click on Compose Message. Begin typing their member name in the Send To ... box. You can include up to 10 friends in one message.
2. Go to the members page and look for the tiny envelope icon on the left of their page under their avatar. This will open up the compose function.
If anyone sends you an unwanted spam like message, you can block them and/or report them to Admin using the icons provided.
Use this thread to ask for help.
This post was edited by Lora - CEO at August 24, 2015 5:08 PM EDT
Thanks Doe and Barb! I love coming here each day to see what fantastic items are for sale. I love my job. And it's very true that on a system where each of us sit alone in front of a computer screen, that we have formed many life long friendships over our love of vintage.
This post was edited by Lora - CEO at August 11, 2015 12:20 PM EDT
Thank you for the kind words! I love our community... :) Over the years it's become a "home away from home" for many, many people. Everyone contributes in their own way and that is what makes all of this run so beautifully. If something isn't working, we fix it! And we have each others back, even if it's not about vintage.
This post was edited by Lora - CEO at August 8, 2015 2:52 PM EDT
If you would like to post items for sale in our Village, this thread will give you all the information you need to become a Diamond Club Member ... DCM for short.
Our Village was created to help connect buyers and sellers to the world of AVC (antiques, vintage & collectibles)
By socially networking in a community setting, our mission is to find and use as many methods as possible ... to spread the word about AVC.
Why should I become a DCM?
Selling online is hard enough. Promoting your items, no matter what venue you are on, especially if its' your very own website, is very time consuming. There are a gizzilon ways to market yourself on the web. It's simply overwhelming. As sellers, we all need a little help when it comes to promoting items.
This is what motivated me to create our Village. The idea was to create a virtual community, where vintage sellers could collectively promote their items.
The Vintage Village ... is a Virtual Social Hub for Vintage.
By working with others, you are saving time and energy. Instead of trying to get your items seen all by yourself, you are working with a team of your peers, who all have the same goal as you.
Our community is constantly growing and we have become a very well known name in the world of Vintage. We have been doing this since 2008.
By joining our Diamond Club, you can be part of that success. By working together, we can move mountains...
As a philosopher once said: "A man who successfully moved a mountain, did so, by moving one pebble at a time"
You don't need to move a mountain here... just a pebble... :)
Once I become a DCM, how do I list items for sale?
Classified ADs allow you to list one item at a time. Buyers who come to our Village can then search in a variety of ways for items.
Do I have to link to a Venue?
No. If you decide to use our village as a selling venue, all you need to do is provide a dedicated business email or even a link to your FaceBook page.
If you sell from multiple venues like Etsy, Ruby Lane or EBay, all you have to do is link to the item you are selling there.
How does TVV bring people here to see my items?
There really is no way to calculate all the ways we work on getting people to view our village.There is always some new method for spreading the word. Here are the main methods we use.
Search Engines: If you sell online, you need to do things to get your items into all of the search engines out there. Everytime you add a listing here, that item gets indexed (found and recorded) by search engines. People looking for vintage, type in words and if your item matches those words, you end up as a result.
Almost 80% of our views come from organic searches for vintage items. That is a very important area to have a high percentage reading when it comes to SEO. It means ... we are doing a really great job getting your items seen.
Social Networking: The base of what we do here is grass roots, word of mouth, social networking. We expect each DCM to help with this ... as the entire point to all of this ... is working as a team.
When you list an item, you can then socially share that item ... right from our village. You do not have to go to FaceBook or Twitter or Pinterest etc., to share your items. Just click on a sharing icon and boom, you are done.
Paid Advertising: Part of your fee goes towards funding marketing ads I take out for the Village. I pay for spots on a variety of blogs and websites and I do paid ads on FaceBook and so on. At one point, we did a two page color AD in Vintage Life Magazine!
If you take out a sponsor ad, that money goes into my marketing budget as well.
Social Media Accounts: We have accounts on Rebel Mouse, LinkedIN, FaceBook, Twitter, Google + and Pinterest. Several times a week, I randomly pick items to promote on all of these accounts. If you are on any of those social media sites, you can share our items from them as well, increasing our exposure even more. Re-pin, Re-tweet etc., on your accounts.
What Does It Cost?
Because we function mainly as a grass roots community, working as a team to promote each other, that allows us to keep your membership fee low. We ask $30 a year.
In comparison... you can't rent a table at a high end Flea Market, for a weekend for that amount of money.
You can't rent a booth at an Antique Mall a month, for that amount of money.
And in any real world setting where you are trying to sell your vintage, you are only reaching local people for a short period of time and can only sell what you can fit on a table or in a booth.
For $30 a year ...you are reaching people from around the globe ... rain or shine! :)
Another comparison... have you ever done a FaceBook "Boost Post" for $30? Not a bad idea, but keep in mind, you are only being seen by FaceBook users. Plus you only are promoting one lonely item and for a short time frame. FYI: Search engines do not index FaceBook.
You simply can not find another marketing site or community that will provide you with all of the goodies that we do.
How Do I Sign Up?
Go you your Profile page, and look on the left column below your Avatar. Use this area to sign up as a new member or renew your membership.
The Pay Pal Button will take you to your Pay Pal account page.
On the left hand side of the Pay Pal page, you will see a charge summary. Proceed to the check out.
Your payment will be processed within a 48 hour time frame.
When you sign up for the first time, I will send you a confirmation message including instructions, to your inbox here in the village.
I am here to help you with each step and give you one on one coaching if needed. I won't let you mess up! Promise!
Post any questions you have here. Please note that I will delete OLD posts over time to keep the thread short.
This post was edited by Lora - CEO at August 6, 2015 5:52 PM EDT
Diane.... you can post it yourself now that you are here if you like. We were trying to save info quickly because we feared NIng was about to close. Just let us know here on this thread and this one can be deleted.
Edith Head: The Grande Dame Of Hollywood FashionPosted by Falls Avenue Vintage Fashion on January 20, 2011
With her fringed black bangs, chignon and oversized owl glasses, Edith Head was certainly the last person you would expect to see in the fashion world. Yet in her 57 years as a costume designer, she proved to be one of the most influential women in fashion history. Her career garnered her 8 Oscars and 35 nominations, more than any other woman. Even if you've only seen a few movies from Hollywood's Golden Age, the chances are good you were drooling over her designs. With a BA in Spanish and an MA in Romance Languages, Edith had been teaching at the Hollywood School for Girls. A poor illustrator, she borrowed fellow students' sketches from her evening art class for a job interview at Paramount Studios in 1924. Incredibly, despite her inexperience and inability to sew, she landed the job. She worked on her first film in 1925 and in 1938 she was made Paramount's Head Designer. Public recognition first came with Dorothy Lamour's sarong dress in The Hurricane (1937). In 1967 she went to Universal Studios where she won her final Oscar for The Sting (1973). In all, she worked on 1,131 films. Dorothy Lamour Edith was somewhat conservative in her designs compared to contemporaries like Adrian. She understood film production well and often clashed with directors who disliked her restrained styles. To her credit, her clothes never stole a scene but rather blended perfectly into the big picture. Alfred Hitchcock loved having her on set because she avoided those fads that would instantly date a movie. Always in tune with production, her trademark sunglasses were originally framed blue glass lenses that enabled her to see how clothing would look in black and white. When color became the norm, the blue lenses were replaced with a regular tint. Edith's eyewear and hairstyle would be her signature look until her death in 1981. The look was just as low key as her personality. Though she knew all the secrets, she never gossiped nor did she ever reveal a measurement. She claimed, "I accentuated the positive and camouflaged the rest". Actresses like Mae West loved being dressed by Edith because she worked closely with them and was often loaned out to other studios at their request.
Mae West in She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Later in her career, she was criticized for taking credit for others' work on the Sting and Sabrina (1954). Givenchy had designed Audrey Hepburn's gowns in Sabrina but Edith refused to allow his name in the film credits. She claimed she took his designs into consideration and created her own versions. The Academy decided it was Edith who produced the finished costumes for the film. She did however thank him in her acceptance speech. Actress Debi Mazar put it best; "When Givenchy looked at Audrey Hepburn, he saw Audrey Hepburn. When Edith Head looked at Audrey Hepburn, she saw Holly Golightly." While Audrey would choose Givenchy to design her future costumes, Debi makes a great point. When Edith dressed you, she considered the woman and the role which is exactly why she succeeded in Hollywood.
Grace Kelly in Hitchcock's Rear Window (1954) Not only did Edith dress the stars, her Vogue sewing patterns sold into the millions globally. She wrote an autobiography and two advice books. Her must read is How to Dress for Success, first published in 1967 and recently reissued. Edith claimed, "Good clothes are not a matter of good luck" and this book proves it. I've provided a link at the bottom of this article for a story from the UK Daily Mail which highlights excerpts from the book. It's timeless advice and you'll be impressed by her no nonsense and humorous approach to what you should be wearing and how to avoid the wrong buys. Edith is still with us today. For those too young to remember her, check out Disney's The Incredibles. They couldn't get the rights to her image so her name is Edna Mode but the character is true to life. Edith's design for Elizabeth Taylor's white strapless ball gown in A Place in the Sun (1951) sent retail sales for prom dresses soaring when department stores copied it. To this day, teenage girls dream about wearing that special dress. Her sarong is never absent from summer lines. The runways are once again overflowing with Edith's style owing to the hit series, Mad Men. Personally, I couldn't be happier the beehive is making a comeback. At 5' tall, I could always use the height! Rita Zappitelli
Edith Head: Lessons in Old School Grammar
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